Q: I’M NOT AFRAID OF DIY PROJECTS, BUT WE’VE GOT A BIG JOB—A BEAM IS IN­VOLVED—THAT WE NEED A CON­TRAC­TOR FOR. I’VE HEARD THE HOR­ROR STO­RIES. HOW DO I AVOID BE­COM­ING ONE OF THEM?

Do It Yourself - - Diy Q&a -

A: I once had a con­trac­tor, about one-fourth of the way through a kitchen re­model, ar­rive to hook up the newly de­liv­ered dish­washer. He told me he’d be back the next day. That was 10 years ago; I’m still wait­ing. So I get your trust is­sues be­cause I have them too. To find some­one who will show up—and con­tinue to show up—ask these ques­tions.

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